Wednesday, February 20, 2013

pop* Presents — A Documentary Film on Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister


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Belle and Sebastian
 If You're Feeling Sinister

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Explore the making of the album with "Pitchfork Classic"

Produced and Directed by: RJ Bentler
Produced by: Michael Garber, Jon Leone
Supervising Producer: Patrick O'Connor
Edited By: Michael Garber, Jon Leone
Assistant Editor: Clay Adamczyk
Camera: Jon Leone, Will Colby, Gary Young, RJ Bentler, Christopher Anderson
Mix by: Jeff Curtin
Associate Producer: Ash Slater
Transcriber: Kylie Hoffman

Special Thanks to: Stuart Murdoch, Stuart David, Isobel Campbell, Chris Geddes, Stevie Jackson, Sarah Martin, Richard Colburn, Mick Cooke, Mark Jones, Stefano D'Andrea, Tony Doogan,

Special Thanks to: Jeepster Recordings, Matador Records,

Special Thanks to: Gabe Spierer, Patrick Amory,

Special Thanks to: Glen Thomson,

Special Thanks to: Jo D'Andrea, Kay Heath,

Special Thanks to: Paul Whitelaw (author of 'Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story), Scott Plagenhoef, (author of 'Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister 33 ⅓),

Special Thanks to: Brendon Anderegg, Beth Allan, Stow College, Beatbox, Hyndland Parish Church, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn

Very Special Thank You to: Karn David

Illustrations courtesy of: Laura Molloy

Additional Photos Provided By: Gregor Reid, Forest of Black, Jeepster Recordings, Mark Jones, Alison Campbell, Isobel Campbell, Electric Honey Records, Peter Hughes, Aggi Magoulas, Robert McTaggart, Stow College

Archival Live Footage Courtesy of: Al McCusker Thompson

Additional Footage Provided by: Karn David, A/V Geeks, T3 Media, STV, Getty Images, Cranhill Arts Project, BBC Library, Scottish Film Archive, Olympic Television Archive Bureau

'Dog on Wheels,' She's Losing It,' Belle and Sebastian,' 'Mary Jo,' 'Expectations,' 'We Rule the School,' 'The State I Am In,' 'You're Just a Baby,' 'Seeing Other People,' 'Mayfly,' 'The Stars of Track and Field,' 'Like Dylan in the Movies,' 'The Fox in the Snow,' 'Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying,' 'If' You're Feeling Sinister,' 'Judy and the Dream of Horses,' 'The Boy Done Wrong Again,' 'Me and the Major' performed by Belle & Sebastian, courtesy of Jeepster Recordings Ltd/Matador Records

Dedicated to: Glasgow Gary

Porta's Rating
10 of 10

An oral history of Belle and Sebastian's seminal record If You're Feeling Sinister!

*Porta's favourite!*

Glasgow, United Kingdom (1996 – present)

Belle and Sebastian is a band from Glasgow. Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an , sound that is equal parts and ‘. Murdoch has a gift not only for whimsy and surrealism, but also for odd, unsettling lyrical detail which keeps the songs grounded in a tangible reality.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Belle and Sebastian released their first two albums in 1996: Tigermilk, recorded over three days, and If You’re Feeling Sinister, recorded in a week, at the peak of the movement. At first, some critics in Britain’s music weeklies tied the band into the subgenre, yet the group was too pretty, too delicate, to bear that label. Through their first two years of public existence, the band shielded their personalities, submitting publicity photos featuring a girl, who was a friend of the band and reluctantly posing for photo shoots. Furthermore, they performed in odd venues, playing not only the standard coffeehouses and cafes, but also homes, church halls, and libraries.

Prior to the formation of Belle and Sebastian, Murdoch suffered from a protracted battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which forced him to drop out of school and spend seven years living in his parents’ home crippled by his condition.Whilst in his parents home, Murdoch wrote a short story about a boy named Sebastian and a girl named Isabelle based on the names from Madame Cecile Aubery’s children’s book Belle et Sebastian.


Richard Colburn
Mick Cooke
Chris Geddes
Stevie Jackson
Bob Kildea
Sarah Martin
Stuart Murdoch

Past Members

Isobel Campbell
Stuart David

Label: Rough Trade, Jeepster, Matador

"My personal favorite
Indie pop band!"


“History repeating!”

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